Two video kits from Sesame Street that can help you and your
child talk about tragedy
An age-by-age guide for talking about the news with your kids
A collection of resources from the American Academy of
Pediatrics to help families, teachers, and schools cope with the
aftermath of school shootings
Our story about keeping your child's school safe
How to talk to kids about tragedies they see on TV and online
from the Child Development Institute
List of tips from the National Association of School
With today's shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, you
may find your children searching for answers and reassurance about
safety in their own school and neighborhood. We spoke with Dr.
Stevan Weine, professor of psychiatry and director of the
University of Illinois at
Chicago International Center on Responses to Catastrophes, for
some tips on discussing the school shooting with children.
Most kids are resilient and will absorb this kind of scary news
and keep going or bounce back, Weine says. But if a child's play
begins involving violence or death, if they're drawing lots of
scary images, if they're not sleeping or eating or concentrating
well, if they're more sullen or withdrawn, it may be time to seek
Liz DeCarlo is the senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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